Alexa Grasso-Viviane Araujo to headline UFC Fight Night card after Jared Cannonier-Sean Strickland was knocked out by injury


A women’s flyweight bout between Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo will re-headline an Oct. 15 UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas after a middleweight clash between Jared Cannonier and Sean Strickland fell through due to from an injury, the promotion announced Wednesday.

The event will take place at the UFC’s Apex facility.

Grasso (14-3) has been an intriguing prospect for the UFC since 2016. She competed in the strawweight division early in her career before moving up to 125 pounds in 2020.

Fighting in Guadalajara, Mexico, Grasso has won three in a row since moving. Her most recent loss came via majority decision to current 115-pound champion Carla Esparza.

Araujo (11-3) has won five of his seven UFC appearances. His biggest win was arguably his last fight, a nod to Andrea Lee, who was coming off two wins by stoppage. Araujo fights outside of Brazil.

The UFC did not provide an update on the originally scheduled main event. Strickland was ejected from the bout due to finger surgery.

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